Practicing birth injury law requires a high level of finesse on behalf of the attorney. You are essentially pursuing doctors, hospitals, and physicians’ groups along with their team of attorneys to prove that your client or their baby was negligently injured at birth. If it sounds daunting, it is, but the personal and professional rewards you reap pay for themselves in spades over the long-run.
Becoming a birth injury lawyer helps you gain expertise in a constantly growing niche. You become an expert communicator and form long-lasting relationships with clients you have gotten to know over the course of several years. It truly is an amazing area of practice that some attorneys really enjoy.
Let’s look at a few more reasons why you might want to consider practicing birth injury law.
1. You Set a Precedent for Future Medical Care and Treatments
Advocating on behalf of parents whose children and lives have been significantly impacted is special. When you agree to take on a birth injury case, you hold negligent medical professionals accountable for their actions. Winning cases sets a precedent for future decisions made by court room judges. That means you can impact generations for years to come.
2. You Help Devastated Parents Get Their Lives Back
Birth injury law is vast for a niche practice area. At any point after the baby’s conception, a medical professional must hold the standard of care in the highest regard. Failure to do so may result in injury to the mother or the fetus. If this happens, it negatively affects the lives of everyone invested. As a birth injury lawyer, you are in a unique position to help families feel vindicated and relieved of burden.
3. You Form a Personal Connection with Your Clients
Birth injury lawyers spend a lot of time communicating with their clients. It truly is a team effort to yield the best results in a claim. Not to mention, you pour through their private medical records, listen to their stories, and often see raw human emotion throughout the case lifecycle. It’s a very intimate and personal relationship that not every lawyer gets to share with his or her clients.
4. You Learn to Think on Your Feet
Fighting in court is part of being a birth injury lawyer. While the majority of the case takes place in written format through pleadings, letters, and emails, there is face time with judges at hearings and trials. Being successful in this field means that you need to be prepared to refute points made by opposing counsel. This takes experience and patience. The practice of birth injury law gets you there.
5. Your Income Is Dictated by Your Professional Results
A birth injury lawyer focuses his or her efforts on finding clients with strong cases and maximizing settlements or court awards. Attorneys take birth injury malpractice cases on a contingency fee basis. Contingency fees are a client pricing model where you don’t charge a client up front for your services. Instead, you take a percentage, which is around 33%, of total amounts recovered. The income you bring in, especially with big cases, can be life changing for some attorneys.
6. You Gain the Ability to Communicate Effectively
Birth injury lawyers must become master communicators by nature. You are dealing with doctors, hospital admins, clients, other attorneys, judges, and witnesses. As a result, you learn to communicate while wearing many hats in order to be effective. Speaking the language of birth injury medicine becomes more intuitive with every case you take on.
7. You Always Have Work Because People Are Always Being Born
Babies are born every day. Advances in medicine and law may curtail birth injuries over the long run, but they still occur. While injuries at birth are not a commodity, there will always be families affected by them, and they need the help of a lawyer like you. You can be confident that your job as a birth injury lawyer is protected by the nature of being human.
Becoming a Birth Injury Lawyer
As you can see, there are many good reasons to pursue a career in birth injury law. The bottom line: you help injured parents and children while growing as a person. The combination of these elements can be very rewarding for the right person.
About the Author
One of Atlantic Canada’s most experienced personal injury litigators, John McKiggan is one of the founding members of the Birth Injury Lawyers Alliance of Canada. John dedicates his practice exclusively to representing persons who have suffered serious injury or loss as a result of medical malpractice, motor vehicle accidents, or institutional wrongdoing.